Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer developed in the cells that line some organs (particularly in the chest and abdomen), due to exposure to asbestos. Most commonly, mesothelioma occurs in the cells lining the lungs, which is known as pleural mesothelioma, but it also occurs in the abdomen, known as peritoneal mesothelioma; the heart, known as pericardial mesothelioma; and testicles, known as testicular mesothelioma. The four different types of mesothelioma are defined according to the part of the body affected.
To help you learn more about this malignant disease, we’ve put together a list of nine pleural mesothelioma symptoms you should be aware of:
1. Chest pain
Chest pain can be an indicator of numerous conditions, as is the case with mesothelioma. Between exposure to asbestos and the first signs of the disease, it can take decades, but patients with pleural and pericardial mesothelioma often experience persistent chest pain due to the spreading of cancer.